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“Please go to this cooking school, it is So worth it !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Faim d'Epices

Faim d'Epices
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Farmhouse Cooking Class from Marrakech
Ranked #1 of 23 Food & Drink in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cours de cuisine à Marrakech Cooking class in Marrakesh. We pick people up to their location about 9:30am and drive them to our building in the fields,20 min from city center.In half a day They learn to make a complete Moroccan dish,including bread,salads,and a main meal changing every day, trained by our two Moroccan cookers.They prepare their own meal and eat it on our terrace looking at the olive trees...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Salida, Co. USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Please go to this cooking school, it is So worth it !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

So, a review for the cooking class in Marrakech, sorry this took so long.  Problem is I can't remember names at this point, however, the important part, the cooking, well that will be no problem...
We had a blast.  The fella who probably co owns the class, Michel, picked us up at the designated time there at our Riad, so it starts with convenience.
We Headed off to get another couple, two sisters from Ireland, it ended up being just the four of us, two buddies on a Blueman bonding trip, and these two ladies, so the space was beyond ample, I'd suggest they could accommodate ten comfortably, and do most of the time, so make your reservations early,
The cool thing about this class was that it was taught using good English.  They do German and French, probably Spanish, maybe even Hindi, but not having to work thru an interpreter is helpful.
The space is outside of town, so it's relatively quiet, actually quite quiet.  Also very hygienic with clean toilets, soap, towels, etc.
The teaching is on par with soup to nuts.  We actually made couscous, from scratch, possible the only time I'll do that !? Not that it was hard, but there are good ready mixes out there, but we all liked having that experience under our belts.
We also made breads, and doughs for dessert creeps, those too we're fun, and very tasty !
To include with the couscous, actually adding to its flavor as it/they cooked from below, was a medley of veggies, and off to the side, caramelized onions, which really came across more like a controlled substance, adding a wonderful flavor, as well as bouquet, to the finished  meal.
Prior to eating we put several cold salads together, one a shredded cucumber with a dressing from orange juice, the other, yikes, this is where it would have paid off to do this review sooner, my 1970's influenced mind can't recollect the specifics of it.  Sorry.
Another cool thing about this class was when you would be in between courses,  where there really isn't anything to do other than watch veggies cook, Michel would form a group off to the side, on comfy couches where you would be educated on the nuances of their various spices and herbs, quite a smart thing to do, since other classes I've taken in Morocco simply let you wander off on a smoke break.
Lastly, as cool things these guys did that others don't, after we sat outside on their patio and finished off the results of our dicing, slicing, and steaming, they brought us outa very handsome ice cream and strawberry dessert, accompanied by those crepes that we had a part of kneading earlier.  Very un expected, and wonderfully received; nice job !!!
At this time of the season they were running a special, tied to a very chic spa there in Marrakech.  So with a full belly we left the class around three, maybe as late a four, and Maurice (Aka) took us to the spa, where he sat and talked with us until the massage folks were ready for us, another nice customer services touch.
The spa was wonderful, sure, do I wish I looked better in the tong made of crepe paper, of course, but, with all due respect, I doubt Brad Pitt would even look good in them, and it's not like anyone sees you ???  It should be noted that this wasn't some quickie nooner spa experience, we got a full body scrub using the essence of your choice, black mud, rose oil, choices like those.  Then after a nice sit in sort of a steam/sauna you'd get washed off, then a full hour massage, followed with herbal teas and relax time, this spa is quite nice, it appeared to be run by a French couple with the help of parents.  Very chic, nicely renovated old Riad there in Marrakech.
That's it, I do think you should do these, Marrakech has grown up, it isn't the cool place it once was, after all, just too many people can afford cheap scooters now, and with no restrictions as to where they can ride them you're at risk just wandering.  The rug merchants ask way too much for their pieces, and if you don't know those products you're not going to get anything rally worth taking home, but I suppose that is in the eye of the beholder...sorry. Point, take advantage of a fun day, especially if you want to see Marrakech, you won't be sorry.
Haj, aka, Salida1048

Visited March 2012
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Moraira
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A super day!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

What a wonderfu way to spend half the day. We learned so much about cooking, and the food was wonderful. There were 6 couples on our course. we enjoyed the time we spent meeting these people and sharing tips for the city.
Very professional and worth every penny.

Visited April 2012
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“Great day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Choose to do this on our day of departure and it was a great way to finish our holiday, they even dropped us off at the airport! Very enjoyable day!

Visited April 2012
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“Cracking people and great value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

Three of us did the cookery spa package this weekend. It's great. As per all the other reviews Michel is a very good host making all nationalities welcome and involved. The demonstrations and hands on cooking were great and we all learnt how to make bread, crepes, tagines (beef, artichoke and peas), and moroccan salads. Can't be much we don't know about spices now either!

My tip would be to have a big breakfast. Despite the early start we didn't eat until gone 3pm and being around food that long and not eating is gastro torture.

The SPA add on - i'm becoming a massage addict and have paid more than the price of the whole day for a massage that good so would recommend it highly.

Eat before you go and don't expect an early finish - we got back to our Riad 11 hours from the pick up after, for me, the best day of the holiday.

Visited April 2012
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“good value and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Picked up at the agreed time and taken to the farm where we learnt to make traditional food and were given drinks, tea and wine. Excellent value and relaxed day. well worth trying.

Visited April 2012
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